How to Get Creative with the act of “looking out”
October 19, 2015
October 19, 2015
You are always looking out. The information is always there. It’s just that you’d have to continue bridging what you have and what’s out there.
If you’ve ever wondered about what else you could do to maximize your own opportunities to find jobs, gigs, and land lucrative projects, the Internet is a blessing and the fact that you are reading this puts you in a vantage point.
There are job boards, job listings, and advertised opportunities. There are hidden opportunities too.
Jen Hubley Luckwaldt of Payscale points out that more than 80% of job openings aren’t advertised. While you let that sink in, Peter Cappelli of Harvard Business Review explains why employers aren’t filling up open jobs.
Clearly, there’s impetus to getting creative with “opportunity seeking” for freelancers. The competition is understandably high for every opportunity. So, here are a few ideas to kick-start your opportunity patrolling and how to look for freelancing jobs:
Find channel partners
Don’t just lounge on communities like LinkedIn Groups and answer/ask questions on Quora. Send out a customized email to relevant people out there to see if you can partner with them. If you are a writer, find designers and developer.
If you are a designer or developer, find content writers. Virtual assistants could team up with anyone. You get the drift, don’t you?
Lash out with relevance
Let’s say you are a freelance designer. You come across a website that should win the “Most Pathetic Designs in 2013 People Choice Award”—send out an email to the owner explaining why it’s pathetic and make an offer.
Same tactics go for freelance graphic designers, developers (code that sucks, anyone?), and freelance writers.
Be everywhere with your mettle
Creative types should showcase – that’s a given. Peer Hustle is already a great way to show your mettle and put up a remarkably impressive online presence.
Additionally, if you are a designer, showcase work on Behance, Carbonmade, and Dribble. Kelvon Yeezy of Hongkiat.com has even more places where you can showcase your work.
If you are a content developer, you could guest post, create slide decks, upload content on Slide Share, give away free content, etc.
Brent Weaver of Hotpressweb.com actually built bcgurus.com as a community site that helps him get loads of credibility, trust, and visibility. Daniel Larsson of RightInbox.com chronicles how Brent Weaver manages to do it.
Do we have lessons to pick or what?
What other ways can you think of?